Wednesday 26 October 2011

Painting The Early Zero-Sen - PDF e-guide


To coincide with the release of the Airfix 1/72nd scale Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero kit I have produced an e-guide in PDF 'Painting the Early Zero-Sen' which will be available on a limited basis. It contains a run down and comparison of all relevant hobby paints which have been measured and tested. 28 pages, 6,000 words, with two colour photos and 53  sRGB rendered colour chips. See side panel for ordering details.

Sections are as follows:-

Personal Interpretation and Choice
Imagery and Paints Circa 1970-1996
The Historical Evidence
Hobby Paint Colours
Painting the Details
Sample Pages

What they have said about it:-

" . . . a belated thank you for the guide which I have found an excellent and very informative read."

" . . . your article is superb-I think my OTB project may be the Tamiya 1/32 A6M2!"

" I cannot remember if I told you so, but the Zero paint guide is excellent."

"I appreciate the work you've put into this, it's some really good analysis."

"Thank you for the Zero painting guide.  Lots of great information."

"It was exactly what I'd expected and solved many of the lingering questions that I'd had for quite a while (since 1996 I think!)."

"Great stuff. I can see a lot of work here. Congratulations on a great effort. I'm looking forward to the other titles on the website."

"I love the format. This is going to be so useful for anyone who wants to paint an early Zero accurately!"

" . . . this is AMAZING stuff. Wow what a feast for Zero fans! I am most impressed at the way you have laid this out very comprehensive and very complete. A one stop shop for all your paint needs for the early Zeros. My congratulations!" 

" . . . thank YOU for all that great work! The material is perfect, extremely useful."

"Congratulations on a job well done with your early Zero paint guide. Very informative and I now have a much clearer idea on the exterior finish to apply to my 32nd A6M2."

"Great job with the painting guide for the early Zeros."

"Hi Nick - an excellent piece of work, congratulations."

"Your approach of recreating the original paints and then experimenting with the aging process is probably the closest that we can get to the actual colour at this time. Recognizing that paint has such variables should temper much of the over-specific concentration on one colour as the only correct one."

"Painting the Early Zero-Sen is a very well thought out document, It will be very useful to have in regards to figure out appropriate Japanese colors for profiles and models."

" This is really great!  Now, if you would write one up for the early Kate and Val!"

"What a fantastic Job! Well done. Now I have no excuses to go wrong."   

"I have only looked at the first two pages, and it seems a great piece of work- you must have put a lot of time and effort into it."

"Thanks for sending me the's just great."

Image credits: PDF cover and sample pages © 2011 "Straggler"


Piotr Mikołajski said...

Review (in Polish) was just published in my magazine.

This booklet is excellent, just go buy your copy, read and prepare your paints and kits.

aek said...

This e-guide is a remarkable work by an author who relies on extensive factual research. It is must for every modeller conscious decorating Zero kit closer to reality.
A review (in French)has been published on my blog!
Bernard aek172

Unknown said...

I'm very interested in this PDF. How can I obtain it?

Thanks so much.

Straggler 脱走兵 said...

Hello Bill

Thanks for your interest. If you scroll down the menu bar on the right side of the page you should see a box advertising this pdf and an email link. If you click on the link you can send me an email.

There is also an email link under "Contact Straggler" in the same menu bar.


Mark Sellick said...

I would be very interested in this PDF (and the Orange Yellow Enigma as well). I've tried the link, but it doesn't seem to work for me - maybe because I use Gmail rather than outlook?
I'm sure it's just me being dense, but perhaps you could advise?
Many thanks,

Burke Burnett said...

I am also interested in purchasing this PDF, but do not see an obvious way to do so. Please advise and thank you.

Straggler 脱走兵 said...

Thanks for your interest. Please click anywhere on the text in the 'Contact Straggler' box on the right hand sidebar, below the Archive. That links directly to my email.

Unknown said...

Unfortunately I am unable to figure out how to order. Please enlighten me.